4 stars · Dystopian · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Mini Review: Thunderhead by Neil Shusterman

This sequel did not disappoint. There continues to be great perspective and things to ponder. The “journal” entries in this one are the thoughts of the Thunderhead. It was really interesting to see the rationale for some of the things in its world.

Here is a  summary from Goodreads:

“Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?”
There are multiple, in depth storylines to follow about the main characters from book 1 as well as a few more.

The complexity of this world and how well it is put together continues to amaze me. I loved learning about it’s intricacies throughout the book, woven into the plot.

I don’t how else to describe it without taking the magic of the discovery away. I loved it just as much as I did the first book, and can’t wait to read the next one. I would highly recommend if you enjoyed Scythe.  I gave this book a rating of 4 stars.



4 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

This. book. was. so. cool! I was surprised just how much I loved it. Superheroes or super villains have been overdone in a lot of YA in the last few years, but these characters felt fresh. I enjoyed learning about their powers, but also their lives and personalities. The people in this story is what brings it to life, not their support power. 

Here is a brief summary from Goodreads:

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.”

There is a great discussion throughout the book. Which is better for society, a dictatorship or anarchy? We get a good look at both sides of the story and why each is preferred by different characters.

I equally loved all the characters. We get to see Nova’s renegade team in person, and through Nova we get to know the remaining anarchists as well. We also get to know about 2 council members through Adam.

Every character had it’s place, and it’s reason. They all felt like they belonged and had a purpose for being in the story.

The ending was a satisfying conclusion while still foreshadowing what’s to come in book 2. It didn’t feel like a cliff hanger, and I’m glad. Also, it is a duology. I’ve found myself enjoying duologies more and more lately. It seems like so many trilogies lately are forced into 3 drawn out books that would have been so much better succinctly in 2.


I gave this book 4 stars, and I would highly recommend this book, and can’t wait to read the sequel!

4 stars · Dystopian · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: The Diabolic 1 & 2 by S.J. Kincaid

Book 1: Published Nov 1st, 2016; 416 pages

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a creature trained from birth to be a guard and protector for her owner Sidonia. When Sidonia is summoned to the capital as a war prisoner, the family sets out to find a way to send Nemesis in her place. Continue reading “Review: The Diabolic 1 & 2 by S.J. Kincaid”

4 stars · Dystopian · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Scythe by Neal Shustermann

Published Nov 22nd, 2016; 435 pages

(The sequel was just published Jan 9, 2018. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m super excited!)

I loved this book! Taking place in the future where the world’s problems are solved, including death, scythes were formed to keep overpopulation at bay. But while corruption in the world is no longer an issue, factions of belief have started to rise in the scythedom.  Continue reading “Review: Scythe by Neal Shustermann”

4 stars · Fantasy · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Published Sept 12th, 2017; 353 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.”

Continue reading “Review: Warcross by Marie Lu”

4 stars · Dystopian · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Wow. This book was good, but boy did it take dystopian to another level.

I’ve seen the movie, but the book is so much darker. The adults in this book are downright cruel in their manipulation of children. The ruin who knows how many kids lives. Some of the characters get ill, others go half crazy. And those are just some of the characters we actually know about. What about all the previous ones who “failed”?  Continue reading “Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card”

1 & 2 stars · Science Fiction/ Steampunk · Young Adult

Mini Review!: Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

published: July 12, 2016 by NLA Digital

pages: 238 pages

genre: YA Historical Steampunk

series: Rebel Mechanics #2

This book was kind of meh. The author does a great job of writing an exciting climax that is clean and family friendly, but the rest of the book moves kind of slow.

Verity and her employer spend most of the book traveling the countryside with the governor, hoping to recruit some fellow magisters toward the cause. Unfortunately, this didn’t make for a very action packed story. Verity and Henry are fun characters, but there’s not hardly any further character development present.


This book gets a 2.5 out of 5. It has a decent ending, but the book as a whole left me disappointed. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one.